Review: Second Chances by Lauren Dane

Filed in Lauren Dane , Review , The Geeky Lover Posted on October 25, 2010 @ 2:00 pm 4 comments

Format Read: eBook  copy provided by publisher through NetGalley
Release Date: October 25th 2010
Publisher: Carina Press
Formats Available: eBook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Carina Press

Book Blurb:

Ten years ago, Rori Simon left town shy, unattractive and with zero self-esteem. Now she’s back, older, stronger and finally loving herself—and it shows. Hot men are soon knocking at her door, including Jude Callahan, the bad boy who starred in her teenage daydreams…and her adult fantasies.

Jude can’t believe the sexy, confident woman before him is actually Rori! She’s gotten under his skin like no other woman has…and brings out secret desires he can’t resist. He wants to dominate Rori with every fiber of his being. Wants to own her and pleasure her. To cherish her as he makes her his.

Rori discovers she likes being controlled. She also knows Jude is not a one-woman man. Everything changes when she meets Zach Helm. Edgy, sensual Zach knows just what she needs, and before long, she’s in love. Jude watches them together and wonders if he’s lost his chance forever…


My Thoughts:

As always I’m highly impressed how much emotion Ms Dane puts in her novels. Before I have to admit I started this novel because it has Ms. Dane’s name on it and I didn’t even read the blurb before starting it. I have to say it’s awesome to start a book this way. I started it without any expectations or thoughts about what might or might not happen. Yes I expected it to be a book full of family and love. and with the right amount of smut and that’s exactly what I got.

In Second Chances we meet Rory- a strong and intelligent woman. She’s independent and very proud about that but she is need of her famliy and friends. Rory lived through some tough moments recently and she needs to feel loved again- to be hugged from time to time and to be appreciated for what she is. She also wants to live her life free and with no strings attached- for the moment at least. As a teen she was the ugly duckling. She had a few pounds too much and all the other problems like unclear skin you can get while in puberty. After leaving her hometown and living on her own for the first time she worked on those problems and now she attracts the eyes of all those guys who wouldn’t have even thought of her as a girl in her youth. Now she can choose and she already knows who she wants. 

I really liked Jude. Yes he behaves like an asshole but we also get a glimpse into his thoughts and that totally undid me. He has a good part inside himself and it felt like just his own insecurities prevented him from getting more involved with Zoe. I think I have a real soft spot for the “broken” heroes- the ones who see the world wrong because of some problems in themselves. The ones who act like assholes but deep inside you know this will be the one- he just has to open his eyes. Jude for example is afraid of commitment. He’s a real charmer and has a new woman at his side every few days. He enjoys his life- completely without really thinking about tomorrow or about how his actions affect the people around him.
When Jude totally blows up his chance Zach joins the story. He is wonderful- sweet, sexy and totally committed. Zach is a Dom through and through but also a great loving person. He cherishes Rory the way she should be and he would do anything to make her happy. So yes I felt bad for wanting her to be with Jude. She’s obvisiously happy with him and I also understood why but I still rooted for Jude. *guilty face*
The story was great. As I already said we have the typical Lauren Dane family bonds. I love how she always puts a great supporting family in her books. This way you know no matter what happens to the people we start to love through reading her stories won’t be left alone. There will always be someone to care for them. I really like this. I have to admit that in Second Chances some parts of the story felt a bit too slow for me but others where a bit too fast. I love to read about someone being happy and I enjoyed the time Rory spent with Zach but I knew it would end one way or another. And I wanted Jude to get his chance.It was a bit hard for me to enjoy the Zach time when I actually just waited for the Jude time to start again. 
The last part of the book gets really sad. I cried a few times- this story really gripped my heart. I was uncertain about a few parts of it but all in all Second Chances is gripping heartfelt and erotic story all put together by exceptional writing.

I give Second Chances 3,5 out of 5 bookies.

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About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Lia Bal October 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Sounds like a good book. I love emotional novels, will have to check this one out.

  • SusiSunshine October 26, 2010 at 1:12 am

    @Lia Bal Oh yes please do. Lauren's books are wonderful.

  • Stella (Ex Libris) November 11, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Just read the first part of your review, as I started to read Second Chances this morning (wouldn't want to spoilt it ;-p)

  • SusiSunshine {The Geeky Bookworm} November 11, 2010 at 11:48 am

    @Stella Can't wait to hear what you think about it.

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